Chiropractor released after charge of poisoning wife back in jail
By Eric Fleischauer
For the Enquirer
A chiropractor released on bond after being charged with poisoning his wife in a murder attempt was back in jail today after failing to surrender his passport as required by the judge, according to court records.
Brian Thomas Mann, 34, a Hartselle resident licensed to practice as a chiropractor in Decatur, was re-arrested Sept. 15.
Mann posted a $500,000 bond as required by Circuit Judge Charles Elliott and was released from jail Sept. 7, five days after his arrest. Among the conditions that Elliott imposed for his release was that he be supervised by Morgan County Community Corrections (MCCC), that he wear a GPS monitor, and that he surrender his firearms and passport to the Hartselle Police Department.
In a motion filed this past week, MCCC said that while Mann had surrendered firearms to Hartselle PD and had an ankle monitor, he had failed to surrender his passport.
On Sept. 14, Mann called his case officer and “stated that he could not find his passport. … The defendant has yet to surrender his passport,” according to MCCC.
Ashlee Barton of MCCC recommended that “a warrant be issued for the defendant’s arrest and held without bond until hearing.”
A warrant was issued and a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy arrested Mann at his Coleman Street Northwest home in Hartselle. He was booked into jail at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 15 and is being held without bond.
Mann’s wife on March 10 filed a complaint for divorce in which she alleged she was hospitalized at UAB Hospital on Jan. 18 with a diagnosis of lead poisoning and remained hospitalized through March 3.
On May 19, the wife amended her divorce complaint to say that Mann “perpetrated acts of assault upon her person … by intentionally causing her to unwittingly ingest particles of lead.”
In written questions submitted July 14 in the divorce case, Mann was asked to describe the contents of “the dietary supplement you provided to your wife during the late summer of 2021 through the winter of 2021-22.”
Mann was also asked to admit that he held five life insurance policies payable upon his wife’s death that collectively had death benefits of $1.3 million. He was additionally asked to admit that on Dec. 4 he applied for two different $750,000 life insurance policies payable upon his wife’s death, both of which applications were denied.
Hartselle police charged Mann with attempted murder; a Class A felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Danyula Flowers, executive director of the Alabama Board of Chiropractic Examiners, was unavailable for comment today. On the board’s website, Mann is listed as being a licensed chiropractor. Under state law, the board can initiate license suspension procedures for various violations including immoral conduct, unprofessional conduct, patient abandonment or a felony conviction.